The Pakistan skipper Babar Azam expressed his disappointment over the rain affecting the white ball series in West Indies and suggested an alternative of Reserve days in shorter formats. It was a shame that the four-match T20 international series saw just one game with a result and Pakistan managed to win the series luckily with their only win.
West Indies on the other hand has been in really good form too, and Pakistan could have had the much-needed game time ahead of the T20 World Cup. The two-match Test series between the nations starts on August 12 at Sabina Park and the home side will have lots to work upon.
Babar Azam Feels A Debate Should Take Place On Weather Affected Games
Babar Azam in the pre-conference mentioned that the management wanted to try out their players against the full-strength West Indies squad in a way to prepare for the T20 World Cup which did not happen due to the rain. He also suggested that there should be a debate to reduce the impact of the weather in white-ball games and revealed an alternative of reserve days to be used.
As part of the T20 World Cup preparations, we wanted to give maximum opportunities to our players against the firepower of the West Indies but unfortunately the series got badly affected due to rain”
“No one can control weather, but I think it is time to look at alternates to ensure cricket is not affected by weather. Maybe adding reserve days to every white-ball match is an option, I don’t know, but I think there needs to be some debate around ensuring there is minimum loss of cricket due to weather,” Babar Azam said in the pre-conference
Pakistan Releases Harif Rauf And Mohamamd Nawaz From The Squad
Babar Azam mentioned that the release of the two bowlers from the squad was to give them relaxation to spend time with their families which is mandatory in these pandemic times. He added that they will return to Pakistan to get the much-needed break and return for the Afghanistan series.
“Looking at the likely team composition for the two Tests and giving preference to the well-being of the players, it has been agreed to release Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz so that they can return to Pakistan and spend quality time with their families.
“This will also give them a few extra days to relax, regroup and recharge for the commitments ahead, which commence with the series against Afghanistan,” he added.
Babar Azam has been inconsistent in his batting after taking the leadership roles and he must get back to his best form with the T20 World Cup coming up.